Sailing Without

1st time cruiser and have a question about what happens to the money paid if you didn’t do insurance and one of the cruisers in your room backs out last minute???

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I see you are 33 days out. Who ever paid for the cruise will get port fees back. The rest will be lost. Probably best to just have them as a no show on embarkation day, unless you have travel insurance.

I think the $$ is lost...but call the cruise line or your reason not to...

Let me amend that.. you didn't mention which cruise line you're sailing on..So I checked NCL, which is the one we use nowadays....just GOOGLED NCL CANCELLATION POLICY..took me to their website...if you booked it with them, you could still get some $$ back...mebbe up to 25%..if I read that right, you would lose it all at 30 days or less...Cancellation fees do vary. No shows on embarkation day are 100% anyway. Check the whichever cruise line you used DIRECT..and move on it! You can still salvage something looks like...good luck!

Yeah I contacted Carnival and if I cancel them I lose money but if I leave it as them being a no show, i will get port fees and gratuities back.

Bummer...I just looked at CARNY'S cancellation policy..down to 29 days prior you can get 25% back...Ive been thru calling cruise lines for different things over the years...and all I can say is sometimes you ask a different rep you might get a different answer...sounds like you're kind of po'd over the whole thing, and I can't blame you...good luck and enjoy the cruise anyway!!!

Good to know. Insurance is always a good idea.

Yeh it is. we go thru this discussion every time we book one, and then when the pmt is due we "discuss" keeping the ins or not. I keep multiplying the cost until I get to the equivalent of a cruise. I used to think it was a waste of money. I usually got outvoted..last few, it didn't even come up...we keep it. we almost always use our cashback card...all month long truth be told, it sure adds up at 2%...and they used to have ins included as a it became a "health issue"...then they cut its no longer a discussion...we keep it. my (her) theory is (and always was) we piss away enough dough for this that and the other, why quibble over ins. for a cruise.

BTW, I know we had a big thread in here about this. I have met the enemy, and its me. hehehe

Well ... on the bright side 3 instead of 4 in a cabin means more space. Since the money is already paid just consider it gone and pretend it is not there anymore. And do not let it dampen your cruise. Go and enjoy the cruise and fret about this later.


Old grey wolf, im fine with me its just money. It was my daughters friend, but now we are actually down to just my husband and myself bc bith girls have started new jobs and cant go. Good time spent with the hubby since he works out of town ALL THE TIME..and we're coming up on 25th wedding anniversary so it worked out good. 🤗🤗

Enjoy the cruise ... 1 month and counting


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